Mozart’s last opera is filled with some of his most beautiful music, with action that ranges from the ridiculous to the sublime. Bergman’s adaptation is amazing— it’s a filmed play at Drottningholm Castle Theater, and yet it is much more than that. Bergman uses camera angles that often focus on the audience members’ reactions (the famous “family of man” close-ups during the overture) as well as shots backstage (yes, the Queen of the Night does smoke). It is sung in Swedish (which sounds close enough to Mozart’s German for the purists in the audience) with English subtitles. This is a love letter from Bergman to three loves: theater, film, and music—and you can feel that love in every frame.
6:30PM - Pre-screen talk by Anna Maria Busse Berger, Professor and Music Chair “An Introduction to the Magic Flute”
7:00PM - Screening of “The Magic Flute” (135 minutes)